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Nature and Society in Historical Context - Mikulas Teich

Nature and Society in Historical Context

By: Mikulas Teich (Editor), Roy Porter (Editor), Bo Gustafsson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521498814
Number Of Pages: 422

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In general terms, one way of describing the world we live in is to say that it is made up of nature and society, and that human beings belong to both. This is the first volume to be published which addresses the historical contexts of the relations between these two characteristics of human nature. A distinguished international team aims to contribute - through selective, interdisciplinary studies - to a much-needed but currently scant debate over the reciprocal links between conceptions of nature and conceptions of society from the ancient Greek kosmos to late twentieth-century 'ecology'. Individual essays and the general conclusions of the volume are important not only for our understanding of the evolution of knowledge of nature and of society, but also for an awareness of the types of truth and perception produced in the process.

"...an interesting and often stimulating introduction to a variety of current scholarly approaches to the relationship between society and nature." Kenneth C. Kirkby, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences "...written by an impressively international team..." Canadian Jrnl of History

Introduction
Knowledge of nature and society
Two conceptions of the world in Greek and Roman thought
Byzantine fools: the link between nature and society
The 'chaotic spaces' of medieval madness: thoughts on the English and Welsh experience
On the perception of nature in Renaissance society
Fables of the bees: a case-study on views of nature and society
The earth's fertility as a social fact in early modern England
The island and history of environmentalism: the case of St. Vincent
Art and nature in pre-classical economics of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
The urban and the rustic in Enlightenment London
Science, society and culture in the Romantic naturforschung around 1800
The anti-Romantic Romantics: nature, knowledge, and identity in nineteenth-century
The wordy worship of nature and the tacit feeling for nature in the history of German forestry
'Let us begin with the weather': climate, race and cultural distinctiveness in the American south
Wild West imagery and landscape perception in nineteenth-century USA<$$$>²
On human nature: Darwin and the anthropologists
The siren of evolutionary ethics: Darwin to Wilson
Mapping the human genome in the light of history
The way the world is going: the society-nature dichotomy in development rhetorics
Nature and economy
The nature of morality and the morality of nature: problems of normative natural philosophy
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ISBN: 9780521498814
ISBN-10: 0521498813
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: 14th April 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.62